Gum (periodontal) disease is a condition of inflammation in the gums, which may lead to significant damage to your oral health. There are several phases of periodontal disease that range from mild to severe. The very first phase is gingivitis, which is brought on by plaque buildup under the gumline. Without treatment, gingivitis may develop into the next phase, called periodontitis, which impacts the fibers and bone that support your tooth roots. Advanced periodontitis is the last phase of periodontal disease, which may cause loose or lost teeth. To deal with gum disease, East Haddam Dental Associates provides both surgical and nonsurgical treatments based on the intensity of the disease, such as antibiotics, scaling and root planing, gum grafts, gum surgery, as well as extractions. When you have symptoms of a periodontal infection, get in touch with our office in Moodus, CT to schedule an examination with one of our skilled and highly trained dentists.
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Gingivitis (the earliest stage of gum disease) isn't easy to discover by yourself, which is the reason why it's very important to schedule yearly dental examinations at East Haddam Dental Associates. This provides us with a chance to check your gums so we can recognize and address the problem before it affects your mouth and general well-being. As periodontal disease gets worse, signs will include swollen or red gums, bleeding due to regular flossing and brushing, a separated or receded gumline, and chronic halitosis (bad breath). At the subsequent phases of periodontal disease, you can also feel pain when chewing and sensitivity to cold and hot foods. It's necessary to schedule an appointment if you're seeing any of these signs, so the disease can be addressed before it gets into your bloodstream.
What to Expect
Your treatment for gum disease will be based on the intensity of the disease. If we determine you have periodontal disease, we will discuss our suggestions for your treatment program. In cases caught early, scaling and root planing (SRP) is usually done to clean out your gum pockets. In more serious cases, antibiotics can be taken along with numerous SRP procedures. Acute cases of gum disease normally call for gum surgery like pocket reduction or gum grafting.
Based upon the stage of gum disease and treatment program, your recovery period will be different. You might need to have a number of appointments at East Haddam Dental Associates to completely correct your periodontal disorder. After your dental health is restored, you must continue attending regular dental exams and cleanings at East Haddam Dental Associates. It's also wise to keep up a daily home dental hygiene regimen, including flossing and brushing. We may suggest an antibacterial mouthwash or toothpaste to reduce your chance of developing another periodontal disorder.
Expenses for gum disease therapy will vary based upon the seriousness of the illness as well as the processes required. If you are using dental insurance, then our office will talk to your insurance provider to ascertain what they pay and if there'll be any extra expenses. For patients with no insurance, East Haddam Dental Associates takes many payments and we will be able to help you to find medical financing. Questions about costs? Please speak to us during your private consultation. Not going to the dentist due to fiscal concerns can lead to larger problems and much more costly therapies.
Periodontal disease will get worse if you don't get the correct therapy, so it's crucial to get expert help when any signs occur. At East Haddam Dental Associates, we work with you to renew your gums and avoid future cases of disease. For more information or to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists, get in touch with our office in Moodus, CT.